Western Bulldogs premiership champion and VU student Tom Boyd’s life needs to be a well-oiled machine. Currently recovering from a back injury as he returns for his second year of Bachelor of Business (Marketing), we grabbed him somewhere between uni and training for a quick ‘5 questions in 5 minutes’.

On balancing the books and the ball!

1. What advice would you give first years?

My biggest piece of advice is to get (and stay) organised!

Also, get to know people, bounce ideas off your classmates and work on assignments together.

2. What are the benefits of elite athletes undertaking tertiary studies?

As an athlete, you need to balance out the physical and mental stimulation. I enjoy having healthy balance in my life – uni is a great addition to my schedule. It’s a distraction for me from the all-consuming world of football.

I’d also love to incorporate some travel into my studies and further enrich that part of my life – my favourite travel destinations are Europe and Indonesia.

3. How does VU’s Block Model help you to juggle all those elements of your life?

At VU I get that balance between my footy and study. The traditional learning model takes longer and it is much more stressful studying multiple subjects at once. Getting through subjects efficiently is important for time-poor students.

Surfing is my other passion – that’s another element to my life I’ll always make time for.

4. What are you most excited about for 2019 for family, footy and studies?

Family – My Danish Grandmother is turning 80 and we’ll travel to Denmark for that celebration.

Footy – Looking forward to a great season of course; another flag would be even nicer!

Studies – Ticking off three units; an extra one than I could not have done under a traditional model.

5. What’s your nickname in the club rooms?


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VU's award-winning Block Model is designed for students of all backgrounds, ages and stages of life.

Delivering one unit at a time for four weeks (rather than the traditional four units at once), the Block Model allows you to focus more and stress less.

Other benefits include smaller, workshop-style classes, and a more streamlined timetable so you can have a life outside of uni.

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Collaborating with PhD candidate Shannon Barnes at VU's world-class sport facilities.